Problems Facing Benue Musicians and their Solutions by Chokom

- James Chokom

Some of the reasons why Tiv musicians are finding it difficult to succeed in Nigeria music industry.
It is no news, that a significant number of Tiv artistes are gifted and creative enough to stand tall in Nigeria music industry.

The journey is always rough and tough, even when a Tiv artiste relocates to Lagos, because Lagos state is the commercial nerve centre of music, not just music but also for other critical sectors of the economy.

It all boils down to a very poor foundation, which is lack of unity and sponsorship of talents by wealthy Benue sons in diaspora and at home.

Tiv people should know, that entertainment comprising of movies, sports and music is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy in Nigeria.

In Benue State, there are no platforms for entertainers to showcase their talents, unlike in Yoruba States, where a musician who performs on one wedding reception goes home with N50,000 and above.

Some of the associations like ; Yoruba Cultural Association of USA, Egbe Omo Yoruba-North America, Yorubas of Atlanta etc support Yoruba artistes. That is why you hear Wizkid, Davido and others performing outside the country.

Don't we have Associations of Tiv people in US Or other places?
The history of Yoruba music is also available on Wikipedia, these are some of the reasons why the music industry is dominated by Yoruba artistes.

On the part of Tiv musicians, stay off drugs and cultism. Love your style of music. Why would you be an artist and put Lil Wayne as your ringtone and expects someone to be promoting your music? Or even listen to your music?

Invest in Tiv artists, and some day you will be glad you did.

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